Embracing Renewable Energy In Global Electricity Generation
Unveiling the Growth of Renewable Electricity Generation Around The World
In the face of climate change and the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, the global shift toward renewable energy sources is not just a choice, but a necessity. Through detailed interactive maps and charts sourced from "Our World In Data," This article breaks down the progression of renewable energy adoption on a global scale while focusing on the growth of solar electricity generation by country.
Global Share of Renewable Electricity Production
Understanding the dynamics of the global energy mix is crucial. Electricity constitutes only one part of our overall energy consumption, but it's a pivotal area for renewable energy adoption. Unlike sectors such as transport and heating, which heavily rely on fossil fuels, electricity production can be substantially decarbonized
This chart breaks down the Global Share of Renewable Electricity Production as of 2022:
Global Sources of Renewable Electricity Production
One of the most remarkable aspects of renewable energy is its integration into existing electricity networks. Smart grids, advanced energy storage solutions, and grid modernization initiatives allow renewables to seamlessly blend with conventional sources. This integration ensures a stable, reliable electricity supply, demonstrating that renewable energy is not just an environmental choice but a practical, feasible, and necessary one. Countries across the globe are increasing their renewable electricity capacities as a result.
This chart breaks down the Global Sources of Renewable Electricity Production as of 2022:
Global Electricity Generation From Solar Power
In the vast landscape of renewable electricity generation, solar power is leading the way. In 2022, the world surpassed an astounding 1,322 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity generated from solar sources.
Nancy Haegel, the director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL, expressed her optimism: "We are witnessing the energy transformation. The astonishing growth of solar in new electricity generating capacity signifies a paradigm shift, heralding a future where sustainable energy sources will be the norm."
Global Solar Capacity Installation
In simple terms, Solar Production = Solar Capacity x Time of Production
Because solar production is intricately tied to the amount of solar capacity that has been installed, let's review the total installation of solar capacity as of 2022.
This map represents the installed solar capacity across various regions worldwide
The Path Ahead: Embracing Renewable Energy In Global Electricity Generation
Renewable energy in global electricity generation is not just a concept; it's a reality defining our future and it's led by the power of solar energy. With ongoing research, investment, and collective efforts, the solar sector will continue to evolve. The pursuit of more efficient solar panels, coupled with advancements in energy storage and grid integration, promises a future where solar power becomes not just a significant contributor but a primary cornerstone of our global electricity grid.
Hannah Ritchie and Pablo Rosado (2020) - “Electricity Mix” Published online at OurWorldInData.org. Retrieved from: 'https://ourworldindata.org/electricity-mix' [Online Resource]